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16 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Volunteer Bait and Switch

The Volunteer Bait and Switch

The Volunteer Bait and Switch

Editor’s Note: This past Spring, Project Renovation took on the topic of caring for youth ministry volunteers’ spiritual needs at our equipping event entitled “Renewable Student Ministry”. If you would like to listen to the audio of that event, click here. Today, Josh Rhodes considers one particular and important application of that idea. Wikipedia defines […]

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09 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Change Monster

The Change Monster

The Change Monster

Change is in the Air Every parent knows the signs, a baby who is crying, who can’t sleep, or a stained onesie. But, the sure fire sign is that undeniable smell! You’ve smelled it, haven’t you? Yes, you have! It’s that smell that you pretend you didn’t smell. It’s the smell that quickly prompted you […]

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Work, Worry, and Great Rest

Work, Worry, and Great Rest

Work, Worry, and Hurtful Comments. “So, you’re a youth pastor, huh? What do you do all day?” “You must be pretty good at XBOX by now, right?” “What exactly does the church pay you to do?” If you’ve spent any time in full-time youth ministry, I’m sure you’ve heard one of these (or at least […]

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Learning to Remember

Learning to Remember

Not Wanting to Forget With the birth of our son, we write down all of his “firsts” in a baby book. As many first time parents do, every step along the way must be documented! We have kept track of his first smile, his first laugh, the first time he rolled over, the first time […]

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Make Time to Truly Rest

Make Time to Truly Rest

When was the last time you rested? I mean actually rested. I am not talking about taking a nap or “vegging out” in front of the television. I’m talking about the kind of rest that truly restores your soul. I am the kind of person who loves to work. As a kid I was very […]

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11 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

It was another Sunday morning.  Naomi looked at me and asked, “Do we have to?” After having finished a 60 plus hour work week with our students, it was now time for the Sunday push.  Early to the office, teaching Sunday School, ministering in the main service and then “the line”. Yep, you heard me […]

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

As a kid, did you ever play ‘connect the dots’?  You know – the game where there were numbered dots on the page and you began at one, drew a straight line to two, then to three and so on until you completed it and the picture emerged. I loved doing that.  I would always […]

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28 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Journaling that Works

Journaling that Works

Journaling that Works

 In January of 2006, I began to journal on a regular basis. If you have ever tried to journal, then you know there are times when the words flow and the pages easily fill, but there are also times when your journal sits on a shelf for weeks if not months. Even though journaling can […]

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21 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If, you’re like me you probably remember when you had a task to do but had no idea how to accomplish it. Perhaps you were trying to create a volunteer handbook, design a new logo, or organize your files. It seemed like a good idea at the time but you quickly realized you were in […]

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Of Machines and Men

Of Machines and Men

Wayne Muller in his book Sabbath tells a story about Harvard President Neil Rudenstine oversleeping one morning in November of 1994.  For this zealous perfectionist, in the midst of a million-dollar-a-day fund raising campaign, it was cause for alarm.  After years of intensive, nonstop toil and struggle in an atmosphere that rewarded frantic busyness and […]

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